Long term studies recently indicated that the average cost of bringing up a child in the UK amounted to £193,000 sterling in total - equating to approximately £26-28 per day. The news was greeted with a swathe of cynical retorts from long suffering parents almost unified in their total lack of surprise.
Many pundits are now evaluating the current recession and its effect on traditional education systems with consistent reference to the strategies to survive adopted by parents, educators and students alike in the recession of the 1990's.
Analysis suggests that on average up to 40 percent of the entire household disposable income is spent on education and schooling overall. With the hardening attitude towards bank lending and mortgage allocation this figure could rise as our young people stay with their parents for longer before leaving the nest and lengthen their education programs - almost as a by product of something to do whilst we wait for things to get better.
With an ever increasing family focus on the cost of living, alongside many companies cutting back on training and development programs - it is pointless spending money on training when you do not know for certain that the person will not be made redundant - it is small wonder that many people are now reviewing their method of personal development and the subject matter that they study in.
Historically banking, public services and the like have all been considered stable long term employers and attracted people accordingly. Over the last ten years or so this has been largely superseded by the perception of jobs offered within the IT industry.
Unlike training in the motor industry or engineering, where key skills often have to be gained in a practical environment, IT training can be predominantly home based. Whilst it is difficult to transport a complete car production line into the home, computer based training is easily at hand. Developments in the intellectual property field such as IT have grown exponentially as a result of this and the continued enhancements in the way the skills are taught and learnt.
New training methodology utilising 24x7 remote access to highly skilled lecturers adds weight to the strategy and the final result is certification in a field that is widely sought after throughout the world. Along with easily quantified salary and career structures it is little wonder that IT training is so attractive.
With many people unsure of their future, whether early on in their career or mid way through life, home based training in subjects such as IT can often be seen as a superb, low cost, easy paced development program; gaining skills that are easily accepted anywhere in the world and highly resilient in a changeable economic environment.
Really informative & very positive... They cut out all the nonsense and just gave it to me in plain terms: This is what you're going to get - and this is where you'll end up. That's all I wanted really.
David : UK
My advisor told me absolutely everything I needed to know. If I needed to know the specifics of a certain subject, he told me everything about that. He was friendly and really helpful.
Leroy : UK
They seemed very knowledgeable about the course... I made a decision quite easily, based on what they said.
Donna : UK
The advice was good. It wasn't overly complicated, so I wasn't bogged down with words that were unnecessary - and I understood where they were coming from. It was very professional.
Hayley : UK
I'd definitely recommend them. I think the price was very competitive - some of the courses out there were three times the price of what they were offering. To me, it's ideal.
Clive : UK
I feel I got good value for money. If you're a practically minded person, the course is perfect. I've also passed your details onto some other people I work with, because they're also interested in that field.
Lee : UK
I'd give the course 10/10. I've already convinced someone else to do one. I just think it's awesome to be quite honest - as long as you're prepared to put the effort in.
Leroy : UK
The advisor was absolutely brilliant. I felt like he was honest... I just can't fault it really.
Shelley : UK
The advisor was very friendly. He came across as very competent with his knowledge of the industry. He gave me a lot of confidence from that point of view.
Tim : UK
The advisor was fantastic I have to say - the way he described everything and helped me to find the right course. Everything he said made sense.